05 July 2020, New Delhi: As per the latest sowing data released by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, the kharif sowing has picked up across India. Over all kharif crop acreages have now crossed 432.97 lakh hectare. The crop wise acreages are encouraging and congruent with the spread of Monsoon.
As per the latest report by IMD, south-west Monsoon has covered the entire country by 26th of June 2020. This is 12 days prior to the normal date.
Cotton being one of the major crops has covered about 91.67 Lakh ha. which was at 45.85 lakh hectare in corresponding period last year. The crop has highest acreage in Maharashtra (28.51lakh ha.) followed by Telangana (7.50 lakh ha.).
Paddy has covered about 68.08 lakh hectare across India. Higher area coverage is reported from the state of Chhattisgarh 9.02 lakh hectare followed by Uttar Pradesh 4.44 lakh hectare.
Oilseeds have seen a significant area coverage of 109.20 lakh hectare as compared to 33.63 lakh hectare during the corresponding period last year. As per the data received, Soybean has been sown in 81.81 lakh hectare followed by Groundnut which is at 25.05 lakh hectare.
Sowing Area Coverage of other major Kharif crops:
- Pulses: About 36.82 lakh ha area coverage under pulses as compared to 9.46 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Coarse Cereals: About 70.69 lakh ha area coverage under coarse cereals as compared to 35.20 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Sugarcane: About 50.62 lakh ha area coverage under sugarcane as compared to 49.86 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Jute & Mesta: About 5.89 lakh ha area coverage under jute & mesta as compared to 6.80 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.